SEPTEMBER: Festivals + Events

Click on Tell me more to read about the event, then use the search term below to find out the exact dates and times for the year you’ll be there.

The Forest of Red Solstice Lilies (Higanbana)

The native red amaryllis known as higanbana bloom in mindboggling profusion a forest near Tokyo, for a few days right around the autumn solstice. But they’re also in bloom at various gardens around town. Here’s where to catch a glimpse of them.

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Bush clover tunnel at Mukojima Hyakka-en

Bush clover is one of the iconic seven flowers of autumn in the Japanese calendar, but it’s not very spectacular unless it’s trained into a magical tunnel like the one at the Mukojima Hyakka-en botanical garden. This garden isn’t gorgeous, but it has specimens of some really interesting only-in-Japan plants

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Search terms: Mukojima Hyakka-en

Other events in the month of September that might be worth checking out:

Old Tokaido Road Festival

Asakusa Hikawa Festival

Nezu Shrine Autumn Festival

You can search for more detailed information on these by Googling the names in bold, or searching for them on Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo, which I think have the most reliable info for events that change dates from year to year.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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